This year New Zealand Music Month is a little different. There will be no live gigs (in person at least) and no congregating in our favourite music venues to celebrate the wonder of local music together. These times will come again. But like many others, the music industry will be challenged by the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact. We’ve pulled together our own tribute to New Zealand Music, to support and celebrate the 20th year of New Zealand Music Month. Take a look below.

Iconic Venue and Band Posters

These posters offer a glimpse into Auckland’s anarchic, door-kicking punk and new-wave scenes that stomped their way into the city’s late 70s - early 80s musical landscape. These posters also show how music venues changed and morphed over time, shedding their previous identities and inhabiting new ones.

Bill Sevesi and His Islanders at The Orange Ballroom

Bill Sevesi and His Islanders at The Orange Ballroom

Our latest blog celebrates The Orange Ballroom on Newton Road in Auckland. This venue was Pacific music central in Auckland from 1954 to the mid-1970s. Bill Sevesi and his Islanders played night after night to audiences who thronged the dance floor.

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Volume Museum Sessions: Louis Baker

In this session Louis Baker performs 'Love' in our Māori Court alongside Victoria Kelly (vocals, missionary organ), Horomona Horo (taonga puoro), Chris O'Connor (drums, percussion) and Sandy Mill (vocals, percussion).

Volume Museum Sessions: Estère

Estère performed her song 'Reptilian Journey' within our iconic Castle Gallery surrounded by an incredible collection of rare and unusual musical instruments.

Volume Museum Sessions: Raiza Biza feat Bianca Paulus​

Standing on the Museum rooftop, rapper Raiza Biza and vocalist Bianca Paulus deliver their performance of 'Get By'. This one-of-a-kind performance was the first time a live band has been allowed on the Museum’s roof – which is usually a restricted area.
 

Volume Museum Sessions: Campbell​

Volume Museum Sessions is a series of live performance films that were created for our Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa exhibition. This song by Campbell was captured in the iconic Grand Foyer.